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    • AlexLK
    • By AlexLK 30th Dec 17, 5:01 PM
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    Renovations and Repayments II: New Year, New Start, New Diary.
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    • 30th Dec 17, 5:01 PM
    Renovations and Repayments II: New Year, New Start, New Diary. 30th Dec 17 at 5:01 PM
    2018 is almost upon us and is set to be the year I get my finances in order.

    So, what's changed since the start, middle, end of my last diary?
    - Regular income is up
    - Gained some knowledge of how to use a spreadsheet to budget
    - In a much better position to make steps towards positive change
    - My wife and I are working as a team
    - Unless anything drastically changes our son is staying at the local school

    What do I want to achieve?
    - Regular and realistic amounts to savings each month
    - Make the mortgage payment up to £1,000 each month
    - Get a better rate on our mortgage
    - Get rid of a lot of things we don't need ... OK that's business as usual
    - Finish the house and consider our options (staying in current house or using the equity to move somewhere new - not to my childhood home and if I mention this, please feel free to point me to this starting post)
    - Monthly targets for both financial and personal goals
    2018 totals:
    Savings £4568.77
    Mortgage Overpayments £250

    Saved £11,000 in 2015, £9,800 in 2016.
    From a £32,000 debt on 2/9/2013 to debt free on 12/1/2015.
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    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 5th Feb 18, 8:17 PM
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    Ooh, marble instead of granite. Me likeeee
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    • daisy 1571
    • By daisy 1571 5th Feb 18, 8:57 PM
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    Yes, I finally slept well last night. Had a great day today: work, Mrs. K. came home from work early so we could walk the dog together as a family and a nice dinner.

    There!!!8217;s a lot of things I!!!8217;d like to move on. We have started to look at kitchen options and think about what type of wood we would like our cabinets to be. Current favourite is natural oak with a polished marble top. However, I do like this deco effort: https://www.smithandsmith.com.au/deco-kitchen/ don!!!8217;t think our house would take it, though.
    Originally posted by AlexLK
    THAT IS A LOVELY KITCHEN !!! I ADORE art deco stuff (have just bought myself ANOTHER art deco design book which I gave to Mr d to give me for my birthday and I am so EXCITED to open it and start reading). I went American diner for my kitchen but my 1930s house would really be suited to make it more art deco 30s rather than suburban 30s. Page bookmarked for future drooling cheers Alex

    Daisy xx
    "Never save something for a special occasion. Every day in your life is a special occasion" Take hold of every moment by anon

    The difference between what you were yesterday and what you will be tomorrow is what you do today
    • gallygirl
    • By gallygirl 5th Feb 18, 10:03 PM
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    I do like this deco effort: https://www.smithandsmith.com.au/deco-kitchen/ don!!!8217;t think our house would take it, though.
    Originally posted by AlexLK
    THAT IS A LOVELY KITCHEN !!! I ADORE art deco stuff (have just bought myself ANOTHER art deco design book which I gave to Mr d to give me for my birthday and I am so EXCITED to open it and start reading). I went American diner for my kitchen but my 1930s house would really be suited to make it more art deco 30s rather than suburban 30s. Page bookmarked for future drooling cheers Alex

    Daisy xx
    Originally posted by daisy 1571
    When I win the euro millions (note to self - start buying a ticket ) I want a kitchen like that in my modern Art Deco style house. With this staircase. And this window is going somewhere. Maybe in the pool room . It will be such a wonderful house that when people see it (from the clifftop walk that goes quite, but not too, close by ), they will look at it and smile at its beauty .
    A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort
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    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 6th Feb 18, 9:08 AM
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    When I win the euro millions (note to self - start buying a ticket ) I want a kitchen like that in my modern Art Deco style house. With this staircase. And this window is going somewhere. Maybe in the pool room . It will be such a wonderful house that when people see it (from the clifftop walk that goes quite, but not too, close by ), they will look at it and smile at its beauty .
    Originally posted by gallygirl
    I the herringbone pattern floor in that window pic gallygirl
    MFiT T4 #2 update 51.75% after Q8 £5,203 behind where I should be
    Save £12k in 2018 #53 - after Jan £634.93/£10,000
    OS Grocery Challenge 2018 spent £238.47/£3,500 including stores so far
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    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 6th Feb 18, 9:12 AM
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    Oh my. Okay, I had to follow the links after Daisy and Gally were both so enthusiastic. And I see what you mean. The kitchen, Alex, looks like it belongs on an oceangoing liner from the 30s, it looks *so* beautiful! And I remembered the art deco house on the front at Southport http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/69050787.jpg which isn't as spectacular, but its a living breathing house.
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    • daisy 1571
    • By daisy 1571 6th Feb 18, 9:38 AM
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    Oh these links are amazing. I can't decide if I want to live in the houses or opposite them so I can see them every day. Love love love. Might have to go off and watch a poirot so I can dream..............

    Daisy xx
    "Never save something for a special occasion. Every day in your life is a special occasion" Take hold of every moment by anon

    The difference between what you were yesterday and what you will be tomorrow is what you do today
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 6th Feb 18, 9:41 AM
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    I always coveted one of these flats when we lived near Southend-on-Sea http://media.rightmove.co.uk/dir/11k/10117/31580556/10117_3343A_AE005525_IMG_01_0000_max_656x437.JPG They are on the cliffs above the seafront
    MFiT T4 #2 update 51.75% after Q8 £5,203 behind where I should be
    Save £12k in 2018 #53 - after Jan £634.93/£10,000
    OS Grocery Challenge 2018 spent £238.47/£3,500 including stores so far
    My DFD is here
    • daisy 1571
    • By daisy 1571 6th Feb 18, 9:43 AM
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    When I win the euro millions (note to self - start buying a ticket ) I want a kitchen like that in my modern Art Deco style house. With this staircase. And this window is going somewhere. Maybe in the pool room . It will be such a wonderful house that when people see it (from the clifftop walk that goes quite, but not too, close by ), they will look at it and smile at its beauty .
    Originally posted by gallygirl
    This deserves more than just being able to 'thank' it what a beautiful wee scenario to describe : and just for good luck



    Daisy xx
    "Never save something for a special occasion. Every day in your life is a special occasion" Take hold of every moment by anon

    The difference between what you were yesterday and what you will be tomorrow is what you do today
    • newgirly
    • By newgirly 6th Feb 18, 11:56 AM
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    Some lovely piictures there GG. Has anyone heard of the Burgh island hotel in Devon? Poirot was filmed there, my parents have stayed and said it's a real Deco step back in time, tuxedos for dinner, no TVs's and modern stuff. I'd love to go but maybe when mf
    MFW 21
    Target for 2018 £40k/£3769.26 paid so far

    Mortgage £43,856 4yrs 4 mths left. Total owed £58,228.74 planning to clear in 15 months
    Weight loss target 2018- 21lb /5 lb lost
    • daisy 1571
    • By daisy 1571 6th Feb 18, 2:36 PM
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    Some lovely piictures there GG. Has anyone heard of the Burgh island hotel in Devon? Poirot was filmed there, my parents have stayed and said it's a real Deco step back in time, tuxedos for dinner, no TVs's and modern stuff. I'd love to go but maybe when mf
    Originally posted by newgirly
    It's on my list for when the dog goes, burgh island, portmeiron, Portugal and Disney world then back home to get more dogs and no holidays for another 12 years

    Dxx
    "Never save something for a special occasion. Every day in your life is a special occasion" Take hold of every moment by anon

    The difference between what you were yesterday and what you will be tomorrow is what you do today
    • gallygirl
    • By gallygirl 6th Feb 18, 8:55 PM
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    Oh my. Okay, I had to follow the links after Daisy and Gally were both so enthusiastic. And I see what you mean. The kitchen, Alex, looks like it belongs on an oceangoing liner from the 30s, it looks *so* beautiful! And I remembered the art deco house on the front at Southport http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/69050787.jpg which isn't as spectacular, but its a living breathing house.
    Originally posted by Karmacat
    Oh what a beautiful house KC .

    Some lovely piictures there GG. Has anyone heard of the Burgh island hotel in Devon? Poirot was filmed there, my parents have stayed and said it's a real Deco step back in time, tuxedos for dinner, no TVs's and modern stuff. I'd love to go but maybe when mf
    Originally posted by newgirly
    "Adds to Bucket List" . I'll have the
    LARGE DOUBLE (CUNARD)
    A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort
    Mortgage Balance = £0
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    • daisy 1571
    • By daisy 1571 6th Feb 18, 9:01 PM
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    I can see an mse meet up at burgh island



    Daisy xxx
    "Never save something for a special occasion. Every day in your life is a special occasion" Take hold of every moment by anon

    The difference between what you were yesterday and what you will be tomorrow is what you do today
    • AlexLK
    • By AlexLK 6th Feb 18, 9:10 PM
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    Nice kitchen Alex, I think you can get away with much more mixing of eras and styles nowadays.
    Originally posted by newgirly
    Thanks, NG. I'm not sure about mixing eras and styles, to be honest even if I could get away with it.

    Ooh, marble instead of granite. Me likeeee
    Originally posted by Karmacat
    . I try to think about what materials I want to use as much as the design.

    THAT IS A LOVELY KITCHEN !!! I ADORE art deco stuff (have just bought myself ANOTHER art deco design book which I gave to Mr d to give me for my birthday and I am so EXCITED to open it and start reading). I went American diner for my kitchen but my 1930s house would really be suited to make it more art deco 30s rather than suburban 30s. Page bookmarked for future drooling cheers Alex

    Daisy xx
    Originally posted by daisy 1571
    Thanks, Daisy. Glad to hear you like it.

    Next time you should give your husband a few to choose from, at least you'll get a surprise that way.

    '30's house without a deco kitchen requires a change, I think.
    2018 totals:
    Savings £4568.77
    Mortgage Overpayments £250

    Saved £11,000 in 2015, £9,800 in 2016.
    From a £32,000 debt on 2/9/2013 to debt free on 12/1/2015.
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 6th Feb 18, 9:22 PM
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    It's on my list for when the dog goes, burgh island, portmeiron, Portugal and Disney world then back home to get more dogs and no holidays for another 12 years

    Dxx
    Originally posted by daisy 1571
    Ah, I'll look after your dogs! Or do a dog swap with a friend and you have theirs when they go away.
    • newgirly
    • By newgirly 6th Feb 18, 9:25 PM
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    You can have the Cunard room GG , I'm in the Malcolm Campbell room with lovely pink bath everybody else will have to fight over the other rooms
    MFW 21
    Target for 2018 £40k/£3769.26 paid so far

    Mortgage £43,856 4yrs 4 mths left. Total owed £58,228.74 planning to clear in 15 months
    Weight loss target 2018- 21lb /5 lb lost
    • AlexLK
    • By AlexLK 6th Feb 18, 9:27 PM
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    When I win the euro millions (note to self - start buying a ticket ) I want a kitchen like that in my modern Art Deco style house. With this staircase. And this window is going somewhere. Maybe in the pool room . It will be such a wonderful house that when people see it (from the clifftop walk that goes quite, but not too, close by ), they will look at it and smile at its beauty .
    Originally posted by gallygirl


    Like the window and the house in different settings. However, the staircase ... .

    I the herringbone pattern floor in that window pic gallygirl
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass
    Agree the parquet flooring looks good in that setting but it reminds me of the flooring in the ugliest buildings in my old senior school.

    Oh my. Okay, I had to follow the links after Daisy and Gally were both so enthusiastic. And I see what you mean. The kitchen, Alex, looks like it belongs on an oceangoing liner from the 30s, it looks *so* beautiful! And I remembered the art deco house on the front at Southport http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/69050787.jpg which isn't as spectacular, but its a living breathing house.
    Originally posted by Karmacat
    It's wonderful. Don't believe it's right for my setting but I appreciate it nevertheless.

    I love to see buildings from different eras with features intended to be there.
    2018 totals:
    Savings £4568.77
    Mortgage Overpayments £250

    Saved £11,000 in 2015, £9,800 in 2016.
    From a £32,000 debt on 2/9/2013 to debt free on 12/1/2015.
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 6th Feb 18, 9:30 PM
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    When I win the lottery I will pay off my mortgage & have a new conservatory
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    • AlexLK
    • By AlexLK 6th Feb 18, 9:31 PM
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    Oh these links are amazing. I can't decide if I want to live in the houses or opposite them so I can see them every day. Love love love. Might have to go off and watch a poirot so I can dream..............

    Daisy xx
    Originally posted by daisy 1571
    Live in to appreciate the interior as well as the exterior features, Daisy.

    I always coveted one of these flats when we lived near Southend-on-Sea http://media.rightmove.co.uk/dir/11k/10117/31580556/10117_3343A_AE005525_IMG_01_0000_max_656x437.JPG They are on the cliffs above the seafront
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass
    I've always craved a sea view but I suppose that's what living in the middle of the country does.

    This deserves more than just being able to 'thank' it what a beautiful wee scenario to describe : and just for good luck



    Daisy xx
    Originally posted by daisy 1571
    Think you've made Daisy's week. Gally.
    2018 totals:
    Savings £4568.77
    Mortgage Overpayments £250

    Saved £11,000 in 2015, £9,800 in 2016.
    From a £32,000 debt on 2/9/2013 to debt free on 12/1/2015.
    • AlexLK
    • By AlexLK 6th Feb 18, 9:43 PM
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    Some lovely piictures there GG. Has anyone heard of the Burgh island hotel in Devon? Poirot was filmed there, my parents have stayed and said it's a real Deco step back in time, tuxedos for dinner, no TVs's and modern stuff. I'd love to go but maybe when mf
    Originally posted by newgirly
    Mrs. K. and I have been there and can attest it is worth visiting.

    It's on my list for when the dog goes, burgh island, portmeiron, Portugal and Disney world then back home to get more dogs and no holidays for another 12 years

    Dxx
    Originally posted by daisy 1571
    Do you not have a friend to look after your dog?

    Oh what a beautiful house KC .



    "Adds to Bucket List" . I'll have the
    LARGE DOUBLE (CUNARD)
    Originally posted by gallygirl
    Suite gives you a sitting room with a stunning view, Gally.
    2018 totals:
    Savings £4568.77
    Mortgage Overpayments £250

    Saved £11,000 in 2015, £9,800 in 2016.
    From a £32,000 debt on 2/9/2013 to debt free on 12/1/2015.
    • AlexLK
    • By AlexLK 6th Feb 18, 9:47 PM
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    I can see an mse meet up at burgh island



    Daisy xxx
    Originally posted by daisy 1571
    So, you're suggesting we all meet at Burgh Island for a dodgy hug, Daisy?

    Ah, I'll look after your dogs! Or do a dog swap with a friend and you have theirs when they go away.
    Originally posted by Red-Squirrel
    There you go.

    You can have the Cunard room GG , I'm in the Malcolm Campbell room with lovely pink bath everybody else will have to fight over the other rooms
    Originally posted by newgirly
    Knew you'd choose the pink bath, NG.
    2018 totals:
    Savings £4568.77
    Mortgage Overpayments £250

    Saved £11,000 in 2015, £9,800 in 2016.
    From a £32,000 debt on 2/9/2013 to debt free on 12/1/2015.
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